Financing Your Education
Graduate tuition is calculated by the credit hour. A full-time course load per semester is 9 or more credits (3-4 credits in a summer semester). A part-time load is 1-8 credits.
Tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year is $1,900 per graduate credit hour.
Students enrolled in joint degree programs may incur higher tuition costs. Tuition rates are subject to change according to the University of Miami Board of Trustees. Full details on tuition and fees can be found here.
One main concern students express is how to finance their degrees. The following websites include tips and tricks to obtaining a scholarship and a list of external funding sources for prospective students of public health:
International Student Support
International students who do not have permanent residency in the United States should contact their local EducationUSA Advising Center for resources specific to your nationality. You can locate your nearest center at: https://www.educationusa.info/centers.php
All applicants to the MPH/MSPH program who apply by the deadline are considered for scholarship after being admitted to the program. Award recipients will be notified separately from their admission decision.
Student Work Study Opportunities
Many MPH/MSPH students work part-time to help support their education. Student positions are paid an hourly rate and require up to 20 hours per week. Student positions range from administrative to research assistant opportunities within the Department of Public Health Sciences but opportunities are available throughout the University of Miami. Teaching assistant positions are paid a stipend each semester and professors select their teaching assistants based on applicants’ course performance.
Positions are announced to all students as opportunities become available, and students can search for student employment opportunities on CaneLink. For more information, please visit the Office of Student Employment or contact Megan Garber, Associate Director of Career Services and the student employment liaison for the Department of Public Health Sciences.
Office of Financial Assistance
The Office of Financial Assistance is responsible for administering federal financial assistance for US citizens and permanent residents. Graduate students have the following available programs:
Stafford Loan Program:
Unsubsidized loans are federal student loans for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education. These loans are available to most graduate students with a maximum per year limit of $20,500.
GraduatePLUS Loan Program:
PLUS loans are federal loans that graduate or professional degree students and parents of dependent undergraduate students can use to help pay education expenses. These loans are available to eligible borrowers and are based on the credit score of the student and if applicable, their co-signer(s). PLUS loans can pay for any unmet need (tuition and living expenses).
Students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application to be considered for financial assistance. Graduate students must accept their offer of admission and register for classes prior to receiving their financial assistance package. Graduate students are packaged in mid-summer.
Contact the Office of Financial Assistance directly at (305) 284-5212 or at OFAS@miami.edu for application forms and deadlines.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
The PSLF Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance of their Direct Loans after they have made 120 qualifying payments on those loans while employed full time by certain public service employers. Many public health careers qualify for this program. For more information, visit this website: Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
Pay As You Earn – Federal Loan Repayment Plan
The Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan helps keep your monthly student loan payments affordable, and usually has the lowest monthly payment amount of the repayment plans that are based on your income. For more information visit this website: Pay As You Earn
MPH/MSPH Financial Support for Florida residents
Masters students within the Graduate Programs in Public Health who are Florida residents may be eligible to receive the Florida Resident Tuition Subsidy.
To qualify for this aid, students must reside in Florida for 12 consecutive months for non-educational purposes before the semester of enrollment begins and must complete the Florida residency form. Students who received tuition remission benefits for all or part of their tuition are not eligible.
Students must be enrolled in the MPH or MSPH program for the fall semester to receive funding. Distribution amounts are based on the number of registered full-pay credits in the fall semester. Only courses completed in EPH/BST qualify. Students admitted in the spring semesters are not eligible for the subsidy until the following fall semester.
The number of credits that can be subsidized per student each academic year is dependent on the number of eligible students and available funds determined in August of each academic year.
Funding is distributed by Graduate Programs in Public Health (not the Office of Financial Assistance or Student Accounting). Please direct all questions to our office.